William Collins, PhD, Executive Director
E-Mail: |  Phone: 734-647-1402

William (Nick), a native of Detroit, earned his bachelor’s degree and his doctorate in psychology from the University of Michigan. From 1992 to 2008, he served as Director of the U-M’s Comprehensive Studies Program and Adjunct Associate Professor of Psychology. Collins has previously served as Director of the Learning Skills Center at Cornell University and as Staff Psychologist and Assistant Professor of Psychology at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.

Kim Lijana

Kim Lijana, PhD, Associate Director
E-Mail: | Phone: 734-647-1402

Kim is a passionate, data-driven educator focused on advancing equity in education. She received her PhD from the U-M’s Center for the Study of Higher and Postsecondary Education, a master’s in teaching from Johns Hopkins University, and a bachelor’s in English language and literature from Miami University. She comes to CEO from the Achievement Network (ANet) in Detroit, where she served as the Managing Director of School Support. Previously, Kim worked in urban education as a high school English teacher in Washington, D.C. Public Schools and as a college counselor at a Washington, D.C., Public Charter High School.

Mollie Bush, Acting MCAC Program Director
E-Mail: | Phone: 734-763-1861

Mollie is a native of Jackson, Michigan and earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan in Arabic, Islamic studies, and history and her master’s in educational policy and leadership from U-M’s School of Education. Her passion lies in serving at-risk youth. During her graduate studies, Mollie interned at the Peace Neighborhood Center in Ann Arbor to support its after-school program. She also taught for two years at a college in Jackson, Michigan, where she helped non-traditional students reach their academic and professional goals. Mollie is proud to be serving her alma mater and communities throughout the state of Michigan.

adam-skoczylasAdam Skoczylas, Program Manager
E-Mail: | Phone: 734-764-1424

From K-12 outreach to alumni engagement, Adam’s experience in higher education spans the student lifecycle. At CEO, he is involved in overall operations, including the planning, development, implementation, and assessment of CEO’s activities. Adam earned his master’s degree from the University of Michigan in higher education administration, with concentrations in diversity and social justice. He received his bachelor’s in philosophy from the University of Notre Dame.

Sheri Samaha, Outreach Program Manager
E-Mail: | Phone: 734-615-5241

Sheri Samaha, a native of Ann Arbor, earned her bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Western Michigan University and her master’s degree in Guidance and Counseling in Higher Education from Eastern Michigan University. Before CEO, Sheri served as an assistant director in U-M’s Office of Undergraduate Admissions. At CEO, Sheri manages programs that inspire individuals to attend college, provide information outlining the value of a college degree, and engage students in developing an educational plan and life long career skills.

michael-2Michael Turner, Outreach Program Manager
E-Mail: | Phone: 734-763-7192

Born and raised in Detroit, Michael attended Southern Methodist University where he received his bachelor’s degree in the fine and performing arts. Prior to joining CEO, Michael served youth and families in southwest Detroit coordinating and facilitating K-12 co-curricular programs. Michael has used his educational background and personal experiences to reach out to youth in every capacity. He is currently pursing his masters in social work with a concentration in families and children at Eastern Michigan University.

Andrea Layton, Outreach Program Manager
E-Mail: | Phone: 734-764-6738

Originally from New Jersey, Andrea has over 10 years of experience in program and project management, education, youth empowerment, and capacity building. Prior to CEO, Andrea served as the community education coordinator in the city of Flint where she managed the development and implementation of the community schools model in two Flint schools. She is an Ameri Corps and Teach for America alumni. Andrea earned her Master’s degree from the University of Chicago where she studied social work administration with a concentration in community schools. She received her undergraduate degree in sociology and African American studies from Rutgers University.

Nashaira Verrier

Nashaira Verrier, Outreach Program Coordinator
E-Mail: | Phone: 734-763-6840

Nashaira is a native of Niles, Michigan. She earned Bachelor’s degrees in Political Science and International Affairs from Marquette University. Prior to joining the University of Michigan, Nashaira taught secondary social studies in Detroit, MI. Her teaching experience sparked an interest in education policy and ultimately led her to the University of Michigan where she earned a Master of Public Policy. As a graduate student, Nashaira served as an academic mentor for U-M’s Athletics Department, a program instructor for U-M’s America Reads Program, and a graduate intern at CEO. She also interned with the education unit of the California Legislative Analyst’s Office where she managed a project analyzing the relationship between the state’s funding and outcomes for county-run alternative schools. Nashaira is passionate about data-driven approaches to improving student outcomes and access to higher education.

constance-3Constance Bush, Administrative Assistant
E-Mail: | Phone: 734-647-1402

Constance Bush provides administrative support for the Center for Educational Outreach. Constance has devoted over 20 years of administrative assistance gained through time in the University of Michigan College of Engineering’s Office of Advancement, the School of Public Health, and the National Center for Institutional Diversity as well as her deep knowledge of civic life, reflected in her many years with the City of Detroit’s municipal government. Away from the office Constance enjoys walking, reading, spending time with family and friends, and preparing delectable meals.